After chaotic season of player upheaval, Linlithgow Rose's next campaign will be more settled says manager Brown Ferguson

After a chaotic season of player upheaval, Linlithgow Rose manager Brown Ferguson reckons the 2021-22 campaign will be much more settled within his squad.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 4:35 pm

The Rose gaffer currently has 16 signed players (excluding loan deals) and nine of them have contracts which run into next season. Of the other seven, Ferguson –whose team, like all other Scottish sides below the Championship have been idle for two months due to coronavirus restrictions – said it was “impossible to say” if they would stay at Prestonfield or not.

"Absolutely I’m confident that we’ll have a good squad next season,” Ferguson told the Journal and Gazette.

“We’ve already got quite a number of the group tied down on contracts.

"Of the ones whose contracts are expiring, I would be keen to retain the players.

"Naturally there’s going to be people moving on because of loan spells ending etcetera.

"But in terms of the core group of players we’ve got I’m very happy with it.

"I think there’s been a lot of upheaval at the club since I came in.

"If you think about the players that have been at the club and moved on and where we are now.

"I think we are in a strong position with the core of the team. And I’m hoping that the players who are out of contract that we’ve already started to touch base with want to stay with us.

"And then the main thing after that would be to strengthen the team by bringing in four or five players in key positions who can strengthen us even further.”

Loanees Brian Schwake, Brodie Strang, Kieran Boubekri and Kenny Barr (all Livingston) and Jay Sandison (Hearts) will all return to their parent clubs from Linlithgow this summer.